When I first became the faculty adviser for a homeschool student-run newspaper in 2012, the last thing on my mind was how my students would become “best friends,” but that is exactly what I have witnessed happening as 10-15 students in far-flung areas of the country have worked together to put out a quality piece of journalism each month for four years.
As we bring this newspaper to The Academy at Bright Ideas Press I am excited to see this happen, again and again.
Each year, one student is tapped to be the Editor-in-Chief, who works closely with me to lead the Editorial Board, which then leads the rest of the staff. The leadership skills they develop are also amazing to watch. As servant-leaders, they require only what they do: timely responses to emails, meeting attendance (or watching the recording) and adherence to deadlines.
My journalism degree and fifteen years of work experience is what I bring to the students, as I teach them about sources and interviewing, headlines and the “inverted pyramid.” They are eager to learn, with editors who have at least a year’s experience, gently guiding their reporters or columnists to produce a better product each month.
We produce an 8-page paper seven times during the school year, publishing on the first Monday of September, October, November, December, February, March and April. The last meeting of the year is a party, where there is always plenty of cyber-cake and celebrating hard-work and friendships that developed during the school year.
If you have a high school student who is interested in applying to serve on the 2017-2018 BIP student-run newspaper, complete this application before June 1, 2017